An investigation into community mental health staff experiences

Uttarkar, Vimala (2010) An investigation into community mental health staff experiences. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24 (1). pp. 49-61. ISSN 0265-0533

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This study attempts to understand how mental health staff deal with the emotional impact of working with people suffering from severe mental illness in the community. Observation of and interviews with staff from mental health teams in the community were carried out, focussing on staff to explore what facilitates them to cope with the emotional demands of this work. Three different types of community teams were studied — clients of the three teams varied in the severity of their illnesses and thus the intensity of their needs. The specific skills needed were found to be different in the three teams.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Mental Health, Staff Experiences, Organisational Processes, Emotional Impact, Severe Mental Illness, Practice-Near Research
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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